Vic Firth offers a broad variety of “brushes” to deliver a traditional sound or create bold new sound colors. Each model makes its own musical statement and provides the opportunity for an extensive range of effects.
This retractable wire brush features a wood handle for a natural feel in the hand and for added sound color when played on the cymbals. The distinctive handle transitions to the wires with a rubber cover that assures a pleasing tone when played up against the rim. Medium gauge wire produces great sound and rebound, while the pull rod mechanism allows for an infinitely adjustable brush spread capable of maintaining any playing position. This lets the player completely fan out the wires for a full sounding stroke, or retract them as desired to create a more articulate sound.
Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and is today the world's largest manufacturer of first quality drumsticks and mallets.
The company began when Mr. Firth, who had been performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, was asked to perform pieces which he felt required a higher-quality drumstick than those that were currently being manufactured. So, Vic decided to design a set of his own sticks.
Vic hand-whittled the first sticks himself from bulkier sticks and sent these prototypes to a wood turner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The two prototypes that he sent would become the SD1 and SD2, the first two models of sticks manufactured by Vic Firth, Inc.
Vic said, "It came out of necessity, not of imagination or my ability to start a company." Although the sticks were initially intended for Vic's personal use, they gained popularity among his students and were eventually carried by retailers.